Dr. Amy Kelly

  Assistant Professor
  708-235-2118 ext. 2118
  Office Location: G209
  Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  College: COE

Pre-Law - Minor
Early Childhood Education


Dr. Amy L. Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Governors State University. Amy was a public school elementary educator for thirteen years in a south suburb of Chicago. She has a background in special education, general education, and ESL.

Amy teaches Lab 3: Literacy in Early Childhood Education and supervises student teachers. She enjoys teaching and learning from the candidates here at GSU.

Her research interests include student voice, standardization of curriculum and assessment, as well as teacher contentment and retention. Her most recent publication is The High Stakes of Testing: Exploring Student Experience with Standardized Assessment through Governmentality (2019).

Amy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Lewis University in 2017, her M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University in 2009, and her B.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2005.


Kelly, A. (2016). A review of Brooklyn dreams: My life in public education,
Multicultural Perspectives, 18(3), 167-169, DOI: 10.1080/15210960.2016.1191282

Kelly, A. (2017). A review of Common core dilemma: Who owns our schools?, Critical Questions in Education, 8(3), 330-333.

Kelly, A. L. (2018). Standardization, assessment, and globalization. Thresholds in Education, 41(1), 43-50.

Kelly, A. L. (2019). The high stakes of testing: Exploring student voice and standardized assessment through governmentality. Leiden: Brill Sense.

Kelly, A. L., (forthcoming, Spring 2020). Student voice and standardized assessment: A critical study. In L. Hoffman & B. Porfilio (Eds.), Critically Prepared Educators and Leaders: Integrating Theory, Inquiry, and Practice. Leiden: Brill Sense.

Kelly, A. L. (forthcoming, Fall 2020). A Guide to High-Stakes Standardized Testing: History and Consequences. Leiden: Brill Sense.


Kelly, A. L. (2020, February). Case Studies of Student Voice and Standardized Assessment. Lecture session at the Conference for Academic Research in Education (CARE), Las Vegas, NV.

Kelly, A. L., & Hisrich, K. E. (2020, March). Differentiation Design. Workshop session at the Student IEA Spring State Conference, Hoffman Estates, IL.